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January 11th, 2011
ST. MARYS â€” As has been an issue for the Punxsy boys' basketball team for a few years now, a quarter-long scoring drought cost the team an opportunity at keeping up with Elk County Catholic Tuesday night during a 52-33 loss on the road.
Punxsy (3-6, 0-3 District IX League) was ahead 9-2 midway through the first quarter, but then, it couldn't find the bottom of the net.
Twelve minutes and five points scored later, the Chucks were behind 21-14 at halftime before being outpaced 31-19 during the second half of their fourth-straight defeat.
ALTOONA â€” The Punxsy ninth-grade girls' basketball team fell to 0-2 on the season against Altoona Monday night, falling by the score of 40-16 on the road.
The Lady Chucks (7-2) are 7-0 against non-Altoona teams, as they started the season with a loss to the Lady Mountain Lions before winning seven-straight games. Monday, Punxsy trailed 13-9 in the second quarter before a 25-4 run in Altoona's favor put a Punxsy comeback out of reach.
The Lady Chucks were outscored 13-4 to close the first half before Altoona used a 12-0 third quarter to lead 38-13 entering the fourth.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy junior-varsity boys' basketball team allowed a combined 34 points during the two middle quarters during a 53-41 loss to Brookville last Friday at home.
The Chucks (3-4) trailed 12-8 after one quarter when they were outscored 34-23 during the next two quarters.
Hunter Tibbs nailed four three-pointers and had nine points by halftime during a team-best 15-point night. Jesse Venturini had eight of his 13 points by halftime, Garrett Zimmerman added six points, and Ian Miller had five.
BROOKVILLE â€” Led by the first-place performances of Kaleb Young and Troy Peace, the Punxsy junior-high wrestling team finished one spot shy of a team award at Brookville's two-day "Pow-Wow in the 'Ville" Tournament last Friday and Saturday.
Of the 11 teams that competed, Punxsy finished in fourth place, just missing out on the final team plaque, which was earned by third-place Brookville.
The Punxsy football program held its annual banquet Sunday night at the Pantall Hotel. Pictured are the 16 seniors (front, from left): Steve Neal, Tige Woodson, Ian Weaver, Devon Luzell, Ben Blazavich, Duell Thompson, Jason Fallara, Seth Kinnan; (back) Kody Young, Devan Neal, Zak Dickey, Spencer Fiumara, Corban Cressley, Glenn Perry, James Neal and Rodney Tyree. (Photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” It has long been said that the records can be thrown out when it comes to rivalry games, and the Route 36 Rivalry between the Punxsutawney Chucks and Brookville Raiders' boys' basketball teams is no different.
In a game that featured 10 lead changes and a frenzied final minute, the Raiders (9-1, 3-1 District IX League) completed a season sweep of the Chucks (3-5, 0-2) with a 48-45 victory.
BLOOMSBURG â€” Alex Thomas earned Outstanding Wrestler honors, and Punxsutawney native and redshirt sophomore Steven Cressley finished third at 184 pounds during Clarion University's Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship-winning performance in Bloomsburg this past month.
Thomas (197 pounds), James Fleming (157 pounds) and Bekzod Abdurakhmonov (165 pounds) each won individual titles to lead the Golden Eagles toward their first PSAC team crown since 1994.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy junior-high wrestling team earned six points during each of its 12 victories Thursday night while knocking off Curwensville, 66-38.
Of the Chucks' 12 wins, eight were by fall and four were by forfeit. The eight falls helped Punxsy win easily, as those accounted for 48 of the team's 66 points.
After Punxsy (4-1) fell behind 11-0, Eli Lambiotte (6-3) started the team's winning ways by pinning Sam Bressler in 2:57. Ryan Jones (5-5) followed with a loss by fall, helping the Golden Tide bump their advantage back up to 11 at 17-6.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The Punxsy wrestling team proved it is a squad that has more than one talented grappler Thursday night with a 51-21 victory over Curwensville in its first home match of the season.
The Chucks (6-6) fell behind 15-6 following the first-ever home loss of senior Kody Young before rallying off five-straight victories that carried into the decisive win.
Young (9-1), who was competing in his first home match since breaking the school record in career victories Dec. 28, 2010, was up against Curwensville's best wrestler in junior Jake Keller.
BROOKVILLE â€” Turnovers in crucial situations have crept up on the Punxsy girls' basketball team all season, and Thursday's game in Brookville was no different.
The Lady Chucks (3-7, 0-2 District IX League) were ahead by four points at halftime only to give the ball away too many times during a 40-33 loss to Brookville.
"They came out in the third quarter and turned up the heat defensively, and we didn't handle it very well," Punxsy head coach Randy Reitz said. "Their defense created some turnovers for them, they got up eight points, and we just couldn't bring it down."